myVidoop is a unique password manager that helps users reduce the number of credentials they have to remember when logging in to any account. Users can access all their accounts, from online bank accounts to social networking profiles or store accounts, without remembering separate passwords and usernames. myVidoop has created a method that lets the user establish a single username that can be used to access all their accounts. The user doesn’t have to remember a password, just their unique username. Users are authenticated through the Vidoop Secure system using categorized images. The user selects a set of categorized images that function as a visual password when they login. The user doesn’t have to remember individual passwords, but the application still requires human input so unauthorized users cannot access accounts.Show more screenshots »
myVidoop was founded in March of 2006 by Joel Norvell and Luke Sontag. The application was intended to make life more convenient for internet users juggling multiple usernames and passwords. Although the service sounds promising, it has been met with some criticism. CommerceNet researchers described a potential attack and published a video of an attack executed against the application. Others have complained that the service is not a feasible alternative for users who are visually impaired.
Alternative applications are available that let users condense all their usernames and passwords into one set. myVidoop is a little different because the service uses a category of images instead. This sounds like an interesting method and eliminates the need to remember a password (although the user will still have to remember their username). Despite the appeal, some critics claim that the service is not as secure as a traditional username and password.
myVidoop has a simple design that features red black and light grey against a plain white background. The site contains plenty of open space, which feels a bit empty in some areas. The images used in the secret categories are attractive and shown in a three by three square when the user selects their chosen category images. The interface is completely clutter free and focuses primarily on the colorful images displayed in place of passwords.
New users can get started right on the myVidoop homepage. The registration form appears along the left hand side and asks for a username, email address, date of birth and terms of service agreement. After submitting the form, the user is asked to select three secret categories from a series of images displayed on the following page. The user can choose up to five categories. The last step invites the user to practice finding their secret categories. After typing in the letters related to the secret category images, the user is advised that they can continue one they have memorized their categories. The user must also complete an email activation.
myVidoop is available to all internet users for free. There are no subscription fees and users are given all available secret image category options to choose from. Charging a fee for this type of service would be a bit much and would likely deter most users from giving it a try. Many others may already be deterred by security concerns. The free price tag is definitely right where it should be for myVidoop.
myVidoop may be a handy service for anyone who has trouble remembering passwords. Users who are more visually focused may find it easier to remember a series of image categories rather than a text word. At the end of the day, the user still must remember something to login, so for some it may seem a bit silly to potentially lower their guard to trade a word for three colorful images.